How To Become An Insurance Agent In New Jersey
Getting your insurance license is the first step to becoming an insurance agent in New Jersey. Life insurance, car insurance, home insurance, or business insurance all require a license to sell in any state.
Follow our step-by-step guide to get your insurance license in New Jersey.
How To Get Your Insurance License In New Jersey
Step 1. Which Types of Insurance Licenses Do You Need?
Depending on what type of insurance agent you want to be or what types of policies you need to sell, you will need to choose what type or types of insurance licenses you need to get.
These are examples of the types of insurance policies you can sell with each type of license:
- Property & Casualty Insurance License – Car Insurance, Home Insurance, Business Insurance, etc…
- Life & Health Insurance License – Life Insurance, Annuities, Health Insurance, etc…
Most insurance agents choose to get both of these licenses, but if you will only sell one type of policy then you just need to choose which license fits your needs.
Step 2. Insurance Pre-License Education
After you’ve determined which licenses you need, you must now take your New Jersey insurance pre-license education courses.
Most folks choose to take their insurance pre-license course online. These courses are created specifically to give you the skills you need to pass the test. The types of licenses you choose (also known as “lines of authority”) will determine which courses you take.
Each line of authority in New Jersey requires twenty-four (24) hours of pre-license education. This means that if you wish to get a Property and Casualty license, you must take forty-eight (48) hours of pre-licensing, and for Life, Accident, and Health you must also take forty-eight (48) hours.
You will receive a certificate upon completion of the course. Keep this certificate, as you will need it when taking your exam.
New Jersey requires that three (3) of those pre-license education hours must be in ethics coursework.
For required insurance pre-license courses and exam prep, StateRequirement recommends:
Step 3. New Jersey Insurance License Exams
The next step after completing all of your pre-license coursework is to take the insurance exam. You will take one exam for each line of insurance you wish to carry. You must pass your exams within one year of completing your pre-license education course.
This is a proctored test, which means that you will be in a controlled environment with a person watching you. For people who haven’t tested in a situation like this should be aware of this fact, and work on taming their nerves prior to sitting for the exam.
The fee for each attempt of the exams is $45. When you show up you must have a photo ID and the original pre-license education certificate.
For each of the four exams, Life, Accident and Health, Property, and Casualty, you are allotted three hours and thirty minutes (3:30) to complete the exam. You must answer 70% of the questions correctly to pass.
PSI Exams provides a content outline for each of the exams:
New Jersey Life Insurance Exam Content Outline – 83 Questions
New Jersey Property Insurance Exam Content Outline – 79 Questions
New Jersey Casualty Insurance Exam Content Outline – 91 Questions
For more information on the New Jersey Insurance exams, visit the PSI Exams New Jersey Insurance Producer License Examination Candidate Information Bulletin.
Check out our Insurance Exam Guide. It’s extremely in-depth, and will hopefully help you pass the first time.
Insurance license tests are intentionally difficult, but not impossible by any means. You should study to the point of comfortability with the information before you attempt the test. Failing the exam isn’t the end of the world, but keep in mind that you will need to pay the fee each time you attempt the test.
Note: StateRequirement recommends that you study for one exam at a time, then after passing, starting on your next line. The exams are difficult enough on their own without confusing information from one line to another.
You may register to take your exams and find more information on the PSI Exams New Jersey website.
Step 4. Fingerprinting And Background Check
New Jersey requires that all insurance license applicants provide fingerprints prior to licensing. Giving your fingerprints will initiate a background check. If you have any prior misdemeanors or felonies, this may affect the outcome of your licensing efforts. For more information on this topic, call the New Jersey Department of Insurance at (609) 292-5316 x50552 or email the License Department.
The fee for having fingerprints taken is $66.05. You must also bring with you at the time of your appointment a completed IDG_NJAPP_020115_V2 form. The form can be found in this New Jersey Department of Insurance PDF.
Schedule your fingerprinting appointment with IdentoGO.
Step 5. License Application
Once you have completed your exams and fingerprinting, you are now ready to apply for your license. If you have more than one line of authority that you have passed the exam for, be sure to apply for all of those lines.
The fee for the initial online application is $190. This will cover as many lines as you wish to apply for. If you want to add a line to your license later, the amendment fee is $20, plus the NIPR fee, for each subsequent applications
Fill out your online application on the NIPR New Jersey website.
Step 6. Application Review
Once you have submitted your application and have filled all the other requirements, your license application will be reviewed by the state. Your background check will also be reviewed.
If everything is to acceptable standards your license should be issued within 48 hours. If there are any items from your background check that need to be reviewed, it may slow down the process of issuance. If this is the case, the state may contact you to provide context to the issues that they have run into.
You will receive an email after submitting your application with any remaining requirements you must fulfill. If you have gotten the department all that they need, then you should receive another email after the 48 hours with the acceptance of your license.
After you receive the acceptance email, wait between 24-48 hours, then print your license using the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance Licensee Search Tool.
You’ve done the work, put in the time and effort, and now hold the key to your own success! We’re proud of you. Take five (5) minutes and celebrate.
After Licensing, What's Next?
Now that you have your license, use the StateRequirement Job Board to find the opening to your new career.
New Jersey Department Of Insurance Contact Information
New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance
20 West State Street
P.O. Box 327
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
Phone: (609) 292-5316 x 50552
Fax: (609) 984-5263
Email: [email protected]
Information on this page has been gathered by a multitude of sources and was most recently updated in June 2020.
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